“No place is boring if you’ve had a good night’s sleep and have a pocket full of unexposed film.”
⁃ Robert Adams
Touring can be boring for many musicians. In fact, some artists rarely tour and when they do, hate it. If your idea of a tour is the hotel, the venue and an occasuional mall it will all meld into one big urban sprawl. The simple acts of getting clothes washed and finding food that you like can be daunting for some. Life on the road can be difficult. Of course, all of this depends on how you tour and at what level you tour at. Nonetheless, it's all a personal experience and the most slimmed down of tours can be a captivating, fun and cultural experience.
Enter: "From The Saddle"
After thirty plus years of touring, the members of Poison have earned themselves private tour busses. Besides the tour bus, drummer Rikki Rockett also has his own trailer in which he always carries a motorcycle. This year, on loan, Ducati has provided the drummer with a Scrambler, Urban Enduro with option to purchase at the tour's end. Leica Camera has done the same, loaning Rikki the newer Leica Q model in addition to his own Leica SL. and M 240. Numererous other sponsors have jumped in and donated everything from boots and helmets to gloves and jackets. Why?
What will Rockett do with the photographs?
At tour's end, Rockett plans to exhibit the series first at a (to be announced) LA gallery and sell the works to fund immunotherapy for cancer patients, as this is the method that saved Rockett from stage 4 oral cancer last year.
Why a Scrambler Ducati?
Rockett has had a long releatiuonship with Ducati, both as a client and as a friend. The Scrambler Urban Enduro is light enough, yet fast and tough enough to deal with urban, country and trail roads. The Scrambler is also low enough to plant both feet and be able to snap pics from any angle.
Only "From The Saddle"?
Rules suck out creativity and in photography especially, it is rarley what you plan it to be even in a controled studio situation. However, perception sometimes needs to forced to wring out creativity. The question as to what you see, what your percieve and how you might capture from a motorcycle on a rock tour, is attemping to be answered here. However, a second series, "Off The Saddle", will surely follow that captures not just what you see when a motorcycle brings you to a place, but what you encounter when you get off the bike.
A helmet is optional for this exhibition, but you might plan on pulling the bugs out of your teeth!